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  • Remote Learning Information

    All the information you need to know about the Hillside Remote Learning Experience can be found here.

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  • Storytime with LPS!

    Reading aloud with children is such a personal, special, and warm way to invite them into books. Each day, we will post a new read aloud from either Assistant Superintendent Lisa Capone-Steiger or a guest reader. Stay strong, stay connected, keep reading!

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  • Summer Academy 2020

    Livingston Public Schools is committed to providing students with excellent educational experiences. Check out what our Summer Academy has to offer!

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  • Kindergarten Online Pre-Registration

    Kindergarten Pre-Registration for the 2020-2021 school year is now open. Important Note: You need to complete the entire kindergarten registration process by May 15th in order to be notified of your child’s school placement by June 1st. For detailed information, please visit our New Student Registration webpage.

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Principal's Messages

  • April 4, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 4/4/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    Congratulations to Hillside faculty, staff, students and families on completing three successful weeks of Remote Learning!  I remain impressed by the quality of the work created by our teachers and the support provided to students by all staff members.  Having two school-age children of my own, I also know how integral familial guidance and support is to making this experience meaningful, and appreciate the efforts from families very much.  Great job to the entire school community! While nothing would make us all happier than to get back to school as we knew it (and we surely will in due time), we understand that the deeper home-school partnership we have created will get us through this time.  This partnership has never been so apparent or necessary.

    The district has created a Spring Break website that is loaded with all kinds of activities for students and families, even including a virtual screening of the movie, “Like”.  I certainly encourage families to use the many resources and activities with your children next week, if so you choose. I think it’s also okay to spend some time doing “nothing” or just playing outside.  Everyone has certainly earned that right!

    Mrs. Bowe has also created this list of resources for parents to help support children with the uncertainties of this unprecedented time. Please use them as you see appropriate and keep in touch if there is anything we can do to support you and/or your children.  We are one.

    Just a friendly reminder about this Flipgrid activity...another fun thing to do during Spring Break!  There’s no deadline, so we are accepting videos at any time. Please keep them coming!

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    Reminder:

    We thought it would be fun to engage families this week in a family dance activity.  Back in January, as we prepared to have a Back to School Dance Party and announce our Teacher of the Year, Student Council Advisors, Miss Trebbe, Mr. Grossman and Mrs. Hinds, and Miss Gengaro, Superintendent Block and me, created an “instructional” dance video (Mrs. Hinds was really the instructor!) that was shared with the student body as the entire school participated.  Families are encouraged to visit Flipgrid to view the video and then submit their own versions of it. I hope you will participate! You can find the information here: Flipgrid activity (password is Hillside98).  Please don’t worry--at this time, nobody other than me will be able to see the videos, so have fun and let loose!  Thank you, in advance, for your participation!

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    I also want to take a moment to thank the many Hillside parents who serve communities as first responders, members of the healthcare community, local business owners and part of the essential business workforce.  While many of us have the luxury of working from home and staying mostly out of the public during this time, you do not. We are thankful and forever grateful for your courage and sacrifice. Stay safe and be well.  You exemplify Hillside Heart and are always in our hearts! 

    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays starting this weekend and through next:

    • Leah Siris, Kindergartener, April 5th
    • Ryan Chen, Fifth Grader, April 6th
    • Toby Chen, Fifth Grader, April 6th
    • Carolyn Weng, Third Grader, April 6th
    • Hok Kwan Yeung, Third Grader, April 8th
    • Pierce Zhao, Fifth Grader, April 8th
    • Ardyn Anapolle, Second Grader, April 9th
    • Karina Bogomolnyi, Third Grader, April 9th
    • Kayla Huynh, First Grader, April 10th
    • Bennett Strand, Second Grader, April 11th
    • Yara Kashkoush, Fifth Grader, April 12th

    And, happy birthday to the following staff members who celebrate birthdays during this same time:  

    • Mrs. Vatoci, Orchestra Director, April 5th
    • Miss Lalli, Kindergarten Teacher, April 10th
    • Mr. Sinsimer, First Grade Teacher, April 12th

    We hope everyone enjoys their special day!

    We welcomed a new family to Hillside School this week.  Welcome to the Litsky Family and to Ashley, who joins Miss Lalli’s Kindergarten class!  While Miss Lalli and I, and the class, had the opportunity to meet Ashley and family virtually, we very much look forward to the day we can meet in person.  We have a wonderful school community and are excited to have the Litsky Family be part of it!  

    We also welcomed a new staff member this week, Dina Ferraro.  Mrs. Ferraro is returning from maternity leave and is typically an ELA teacher at Mount Pleasant Middle School.  Mrs. Ferraro will remain at Hillside for the rest of this school year, assisting fourth and fifth grade students with reading and writing.  Welcome to the Hillside staff, Mrs. Ferraro!

    Please see below for a photo montage with a special message from Hillside staff to families.  It is also available on the school’s main page.  Special thanks to Mrs. Donnelly, our amazing Library-Media Specialist, for coordinating this little project.

    Thank you and we wish you a wonderful and healthy Spring Break.  “See” you on April 13th!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata


    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Spring Break

    Week of April 13, 2020

    Remote Learning Continues

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  • March 29, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/29/2020 9:30:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It would have been nice to see some sun, but it looks like this week’s forecast will bring us some daily sunshine, hopefully!  

    Thanks, again, to staff, students and families for another successful week of Remote Learning.  As we move into our third week, I want to reiterate the importance of parents submitting attendance to teachers by 10:00 a.m. daily.  We keep track of daily attendance to ensure that our students are safe and engaging in school work, and appreciate your cooperation. I also want to reinforce that this experience is still new to everyone.  It takes teachers twice as long to plan for half as much work and requires students (and parents) to put in twice the amount of effort to complete the work successfully. Recognizing that, we want families to stay in touch and let us know if your children (or you) need additional support or assistance.  Additionally, we appreciate your patience as teachers continue to consider and utilize new resources to support our work in moving student learning forward. We will only get through this experience successfully, together, and I thank you for your continued patience, understanding, cooperation and support.  Keep up the Hillside Heart!

    I want to thank the families who shared photos of their children this past week as we participated in “Remote Learning School Spirit Week”.  Kindergarten aide, Mrs. Jen Schroeder, put together this awesome School Spirit Week photo montage for all to enjoy.  Thank you, Mrs. Schroeder!  Families are encouraged to continue sharing photos with teachers and/or me of their children working or playing, so that we can share out another montage in a couple of weeks.  Nothing made me smile more this week than receiving photos of your children. This offers us another way of staying connected and I am anxious to receive more. I miss them! Thanks, in advance!

    We thought it would be fun to engage families this week in a family dance activity.  Back in January, as we prepared to have a Back to School Dance Party and announce our Teacher of the Year, Student Council Advisors, Miss Trebbe, Mr. Grossman and Mrs. Hinds, and Miss Gengaro, Superintendent Block and me, created an “instructional” dance video (Mrs. Hinds was really the instructor!) that was shared with the student body as the entire school participated.  Families are encouraged to visit Flipgrid to view the video and then submit their own versions of it. I hope you will participate! You can find the information here: Flipgrid activity (password is ****).  Please don’t worry--at this time, nobody other than me will be able to see the videos, so have fun and let loose!  Thank you, in advance, for your participation!

    We would have had our next Caring Communities session this past Friday.  In observance of the missed session, I invite you to share with your children a throwback lesson from earlier this school year.  Please see here for a narrated version of the book, One Drop of Kindness (I’ll let you guess who the narrator is!).  You can also click here for the lesson plan associated with that session (just for your information).  Enjoy! 

    Please see the following list of additional resources with enrichment activities for your children:

    Happy birthday to the following students who celebrate birthdays this week:

    • April 2nd, Jingchuan Xiong, Second Grader
    • April 3rd, Skylar Kim, Third Grader

    And, to Dr. Carla Flynn, Hillside’s Occupational Therapist, who celebrates her birthday on April 3rd!  

    Thanks so much and have a great week ahead!  

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

    Week of April 13, 2020

    Remote Learning Continues

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  • Remote Learning School Spirit Week!

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/24/2020 5:50:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope you've had a great couple of days and perhaps even enjoyed today's sun!

    Please accept this friendly reminder that we have "Remote Learning School Spirit Week" this week.  Thanks so much to the many families who have sent photos of their children participating each day to teachers and/or me.  School spirit activities can be found here

    Our goal is to create a slideshow using all of the photos received that we will share with the school over the weekend or next week.  If you would prefer that your children's photos are not included in the show, please just indicate that in your messages.

    Thanks so much and enjoy the rest of the week!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

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  • March 22, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/22/2020 5:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    We had a successful first week of Remote Learning and I thank you, once again, for your home support of our efforts.  We know that it is not necessarily easy and very much appreciate all that you have done and will continue to do for as long as this lasts.  I shared with staff on Friday some things I’ve learned about myself after reflecting upon this week’s experience and I share with you a few here:

    • Although I was always a bit envious about those who had the ability to work from home, I definitely take it back after this week!  While I would imagine that working from home has its benefits, especially if only for a few days a week, I realize I thrive on interacting with staff, students and their families, in person!  I hope to get back to that soon!
    • Although I never really considered homeschooling for my own children, I now know that I will NEVER do it!  Teaching my own children is definitely harder than teaching yours!
    • And, NEVER, EVER will I work from home AND homeschool my children, after this is all over, anyway!

    I imagine that many of you can appreciate these sentiments and hope that, if anything, this gives you a good, and maybe even needed, laugh!  Please know that I miss seeing your children every day and know I speak on behalf of the staff, as well, when I say that we cannot wait to get back to school when the day comes.

    We also thank you for your diligence in reporting your children’s daily attendance by 10:00 a.m.  We had great success during the first week and appreciate your efforts in continuing to acknowledge daily attendance as you have been. 

    I recorded a video message for your children.  Kindly have them view it here. Please excuse the amateur video quality and acting skills!

    We are excited to announce our first-ever Remote Learning School Spirit Week!  Please click on the link for each day’s spirit activities and do send us some photos!  Thanks, in advance, for your participation!

    District content area supervisors and specialists have been compiling an ongoing list of additional enrichment activities and useful educational sites.  Please find this information in the district’s PreK-6 Remote Learning Center.  These learning activities are great and I encourage families who are looking for additional lessons to check out the site.  As you may know, many organizations have made educational content free for educators and parents for a limited time. Audible is a site that is offering a wide selection of “audible” books for children.  It provides a nice alternative for our auditory learners. Additional sites include PBSKids and Disney’s “Imagineering in a Box” offered by Khan Academy (very cool and appropriate for upper elementary children).  

    We also understand that this can be a tough time for children emotionally.  My own are having a difficult time understanding why everything is being canceled and why their options to socialize are so limited.  I found this NY Times article over the weekend and it provided me with helpful insight on how to deal with children’s understandable disappointment and frustration.  I share it with you to read and use as you see appropriate. The district’s guidance department has also compiled great resources to support students’ social-emotional needs; information can be found here

    As a reminder, report cards will be available for students in grades 1 - 5 after 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 23rd.  Any questions regarding report cards should be directed to your children’s teachers. 

    The following are reminder messages first included in previous newsletters:

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    REMINDER:

    Livingston Public Schools will, again, offer summer enrichment courses through a program called Brain Camp.  Please see this flyer for information.  

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    Thanks so much for reading and, again, for all of your support and the many words of encouragement and praise that we have received this week.  We are all in this together and we WILL show the world that Hillside Huskies have heart!

    Have a great week ahead!

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of March 23, 2020--Remote Learning “School Spirit Week”

    Monday, 3-23: “Wear School Clothes” to show school spirit!

    Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families After 

    3:00 p.m.

    Tuesday, 3-24: “Wear Green for a Belated Happy St. Patrick’s Day” to show spirit!

    Wednesday, 3-25: “Wacky Wednesday” Dress up Day

    Thursday, 3-26: “Hillside Spirit Day!”  Wear school gear or school colors

    Friday, 3-27: “Show Your Hillside Heart Day!”

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

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  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Postponed

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/20/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope this message finds you well as we wrap up our first week of Remote Learning.  I thank you for your attention to your children's daily learning assignments.  As I know teachers have worked incredibly hard this week to put those into place, I also know it has been equally challenging to ensure that your children are completing assignments at home with success, while balancing all of your other responsibilites.  Your cooperation is so appreciated!

    As a follow up to Superintendent Block's email that was sent shortly ago, I want to reiterate that Parent-Teacher Conferences have been postponed to a later date that is to be determined at this time.  I understand that teachers may have already reached out to you to either reschedule or remind you about scheduled conferences, but I appreciate your understanding as we continue to focus on delivering quality Remote Learning experiences for your children. Please disregard any previous communications from teachers regarding conferences that may have already been sent. 

    Thank you so much and I wish you a wonderful day and weekend.  I will be in touch before Monday with my typical message, which for this week will include a list of additional learning resources/activities that you may choose to complete with your children and a message about a fun "Home School Spirit Week".

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

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  • March 15, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/15/2020 5:15:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    I hope this email finds you well and relaxing after all of the preparing and shopping you surely did over the weekend.  I spent some time out in the world, myself, stocking up on food and supplies (or whatever I can find in some cases), and am truly exhausted from it!

    As noted in my letter to you from Friday, Hillside teachers, faculty and staff have worked incredibly hard this past week to prepare to provide meaningful learning experiences to your children using Google Classroom and a variety of online and paper-based materials.  The goal for us is to continue moving learning forward as best as possible under these new and different circumstances, and I have to reiterate how proud I am of our faculty and staff for their efforts. Also worth mentioning is how wonderfully flexible the students have been throughout this experience.  As we already know, children are incredibly resilient and our students have certainly been known to show Hillside Heart, and will surely shine in the next couple of weeks!  

    As a reminder, families are asked to indicate daily attendance to teachers in response to their daily agendas that will be emailed by 9:00 a.m. each school day.  We ask that families do this by 10:00 a.m., so that we can properly account for daily attendance. I know that teachers have already followed up with their own messages regarding attendance and other items.  Please adhere to the expectations set forth in their emails. We thank you very much, in advance, for your abidance to protocols and for your anticipated support of your children at home. We know that between work and supporting your children that you have your hands full, so please do not let this process create any unnecessary stress on your families.  If your children need extra time or support for assignments, please just let us know.  

    Our fifth grade newspaper club has worked hard to produce its third issue of The Hillside Post.  Please enjoy the next issue here.  Special thanks to this hard-working group of fifth graders, once again, on a truly impressive product!

    Livingston Public Schools will, again, offer summer enrichment courses through a program called Brain Camp.  Please see this flyer for information.  

    Please see the following message from the district’s PreK-6 Science Supervisor, Dr. Gemellaro, that contains some fun, St. Patty’s Day-themed science learning:

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    Hi Families,

    Here are some fun St. Patrick’s Day themed science activities that students can do at home. These are optional but can be a great, fun way to do science as a family. They are organized from least to greatest difficulty. Try one or all of them!

    -Dr. Dorian Gemellaro 

    How Do Plants Breathe? 

    Have students collect a green leaf (for St. Patty’s Day). This can come from outside or a house plant. All you need is water, a leaf, and time to watch how leaves give off oxygen. When done, ask your student to compare/contrast how plants and humans take in air. The link below explains in detail.

    Plants Breathe

    Leprechaun Magic Milk

    All you need is a little bit of milk, some dish soap, green food coloring and a qtip to make leprechaun magic milk. The directions below use many different colors of food dye- but in the spirit of St. Patty’s day, you could use just green. Dish soap is a degreaser- and its molecules get to the fat molecules in milk. The food dye “explodes” as this takes place, creating the swirls of colors. The link below explains in greater detail: 

    Magic Milk 

    Leprechaun’s Rainbow Jar (Density Column) 

    In this activity, students layer eight fluids of different densities in a jar (or tall glass) to make a rainbow. If you do not have all of the ingredients, you can skip those. You will just have less layers. The science behind this project is density (mass per unit of volume). The link below explains in more detail.

    Density Column Directions from Steve Spangler Science 

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    Thanks so much to Dr. Gemellaro for sharing these fun learning activities with us!

    Regarding the calendar below and the calendar for the remainder of the school year, it is hard to tell at this time what will be postponed to a later date or eventually canceled.  The calendar below reflects our reality prior to the school closure. The PTA, where appropriate, and I will be in touch with revised dates when things settle and we have greater clarity on how long we and areas of the public will be closed.  Your patience as we figure things out is appreciated. 

    Thanks so much for reading.  I wish everyone a wonderful week ahead of Remote Learning and extra quality time with families.  More importantly, I wish all families health and wellness as we all face this time of uncertainty.  Stay well and take care of one another and our community. 

    Warm regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of March 16, 2020--Remote Learning

    Monday, 3-16: Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    After School Enrichment

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-18: After School Enrichment

    Friday, 3-20: Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    PTA’s Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m., Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover

    Week of March 23, 2020--Remote Learning

    Monday, 3-23: Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families After 

    3:00 p.m.

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-24: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-25: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    After School Enrichment (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

    Thursday, 3-26: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, 3-27: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

    Week of March 30, 2020--PTA’s Art Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 3-30: Final After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-31: Final After School Enrichment

    All Township Music Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., LHS

    Wednesday, 4-1: Hillside-Pillar School Fifth Grade Art Project, 10:00 a.m., Hillside

    Final After School Enrichment

    ESL Family Night, 7:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

    Friday, 4-3: Second Grade Trip to SOPAC (AM)

    Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

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  • March 13, 2020: Remote Learning Family Letter

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/13/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Please see Mr. Gramata's letter here.

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  • March 7, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 3/7/2020 12:00:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  

    We had such a great Read Across America Week!  The dress up days were fun and the class and buddy activities centered on the text, Because, were engaging and meaningful.  We ended the week with Guest Reader Day, where members of the school and greater community joined classrooms to share their favorite books.  Guests included central administration (Dr. Block, Mrs. Steiger and many others), Livingston Board of Education Members, Mr. August and Mrs. Chirls, and Mayor Fernandez, among representatives from the public library, police and fire departments.  Thanks to our very own Hillside dad, Mr. Josh Lewis, for representing the LFD. This is always such a great week and we thank you for your support!

    Parent-Teacher Conference sign-ups began this morning.  Families should have received an email from me at about 10:00 a.m. with a link to register.  If not, please register for a conference with your children’s teachers by clicking here.  Families are asked to register by this Friday, March 13th, so that teachers can finalize schedules with non-classroom teaching staff.  Thanks so much!

    As per Superintendent Block’s email to families from last evening, Tuesday’s delayed opening is now a closure for students.  Staff will participate in professional development and planning activities to prepare for remote learning in the event that schools are ordered to close by the Health Department.  While we are hopeful that this will not be the case, we have no choice but to be prepared in the event that it does happen. We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  

    Because of Tuesday’s school closing for students, the PTA meeting is canceled (will not be rescheduled).  Tuesday’s After School Enrichment classes are rescheduled to after school Friday, March 13th.  

    The following are reminder messages first included in previous newsletters:

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    REMINDER:

    Calling all Hillside husky puppies!  The district is now conducting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  For registration information, please click here.  Please pass along this information to any of your friends who may have little ones turning 5 by October 1st.  Thank you and we look forward to welcoming the high school class of 2033 in September!

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    Thank you for reading and enjoy the weekend with your awesome children!  Please don’t forget to “spring” your clocks forward one hour later tonight!

    Best regards,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of March 9, 2020

    Monday, 3-9: After School Enrichment

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 3-10: Schools Closed for Students; In-Service for Staff

    CANCELED--Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students 

    CANCELED (Postponed to Friday, 3-13))--After School Enrichment

    CANCELED--PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Wednesday, 3-11: Fourth Grade Trip to Mount Pleasant Middle for Play

    After School Enrichment

    Thursday, 3-12: Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-13: Second Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    GT Art Trip

    After School Enrichment from Tuesday

    Week of March 16, 2020

    Monday, 3-16: Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    After School Enrichment

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-18: After School Enrichment

    Friday, 3-20: Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    PTA’s Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m., Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover

    Week of March 23, 2020

    Monday, 3-23: Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families After 

    3:00 p.m.

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-24: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-25: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    After School Enrichment (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

    Thursday, 3-26: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, 3-27: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

    Week of March 30, 2020--PTA’s Art Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 3-30: Final After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-31: Final After School Enrichment

    All Township Music Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., LHS

    Wednesday, 4-1: Hillside-Pillar School Fifth Grade Art Project, 10:00 a.m., Hillside

    Final After School Enrichment

    ESL Family Night, 7:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

    Friday, 4-3: Second Grade Trip to SOPAC (AM)

    Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

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  • February 29, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/29/2020 12:30:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!  Happy Leap Day!

    Thanks to all of the invited families who were able to make it Tuesday evening’s SEPAC meeting!  The meeting was one of the best attended in years! At the meeting, families shared celebrations, were provided with district and school level updates, and were treated to a special presentation shared by our school’s Occupational Therapist, Dr. Carla Flynn, about sensory input and our sensory path.  Special thanks to staff members, Dr. Flynn and Mrs. Rampolla, for attending the meeting and to SEPAC parent coordinators, Mrs. Stein and Mrs. Greenberg, for coordinating it!

    Thursday’s Caring Communities session was devoted to the third part of our school’s mantra, “...and show the world that Hillside Huskies have heart!”  In their groups, students discussed what it means to have and show “heart”, participated in a reading of a wordless book, I Walk With Vanessa, and created their own paper quilt pieces showing an example of how they show heart.  We plan on putting our paper quilts together to create and display a school-wide quilt.  Should be nice!

    Thursday evening’s TREPS Marketplace was a huge success!  Congratulations to our fourth and fifth grade enTREPreneurs on their hard work and accomplishments!  We had a nice turnout and appreciate all of the families and community members who supported our event.  There is one more session to go! It’s an important one, where students reflect on their experiences and contemplate ways to grow, so students should be sure to attend!  Thanks to the four teachers, Dr. Flynn, Miss Gengaro, Mrs. Price and Mr. Ebneth, the PTA and the parent volunteers and visitors who made this program a success for our students this year.  It would not have been possible without you!

    At Friday’s Student Council Assembly, we honored each class’ “Husky of the Month”, enjoyed a “caring” presentation by Miss Lalli’s (formerly Mrs. Richmond) and Mr. Ebneth’s classes, and learned about Hank and Holly’s times with Mr. Grossman’s and Mrs. Gursky’s classes, respectively.  Congratulations to Mrs. Murray’s class for earning Hank this month and to Mrs. Levine’s class for earning Holly! We can’t wait to hear about their times with you at the next assembly!

    This upcoming week is Read Across America Week!  Our theme this year, “Celebrate Inspiration”, will be anchored by the book, Because, by Mo Willems and Amber Ren.  We will participate in a Reading Train on Monday afternoon, where the entire school will move out into the halls at about 2:15 to drop everything and read for about 15 minutes.  Buddy classes will also participate in a cooperative activity where they will create timelines for their own inspirations, and students will engage in a SEEK activity (or HEEK) of a musical piece where they will listen to, or Hear, and then Explain what they hear with Evidence, and state what they now Know or want to Know (note: SEEK is Crayola’s protocol for analyzing artwork; our creative teaching staff used it to apply to music with HEEK).  The week will culminate when classes welcome their guest readers from around the community on Friday afternoon, who will share with students their own favorite books.  We expect a fun week! We will also observe the week with a few school spirit days and we NEED YOUR HELP! On Monday, we ask that students come into school wearing Hillside gear or school colors (blue and gold/yellow).  On Thursday, we have PJ Day and on Friday we ask that children come to school wearing anything Dr. Seuss! Thanks, in advance, for your assistance!  

    As per Superintendent Block’s message from yesterday, families who have travelled to areas of the world impacted by COVID-19 (coronavirus), should contact the school before having their children return, so that arrangements can be made to keep the school community safe.  Families should know that we continue to encourage and monitor appropriate student hygiene and are being extra vigilant in keeping all parts of the school germ-free to our best abilities. While nothing is fool-proof, we look forward to working with our school community to keep everyone healthy and virus-free (any virus!).  Thanks so much for your understanding and cooperation!

    The following are reminder messages first included in previous newsletters:

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    REMINDER:

    Calling all Hillside husky puppies!  The district is now conducting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  For registration information, please click here.  Please pass along this information to any of your friends who may have little ones turning 5 by October 1st.  Thank you and we look forward to welcoming the high school class of 2033 in September!

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    Thank you for reading and enjoy the weekend! 

    Best,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of March 2, 2020--Read Across America Week

    Monday, 3-2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday!

    Wear Hillside Gear or School Colors!

    School-Wide Reading Train, 2:15 p.m.

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-3: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-4: Fourth Grade Trip to Pillar School

    After School Enrichment

    Thursday, 3-5: Student Council School Spirit Day--PJ Day!

    TREPS Final Session, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-6: Wear Dr. Seuss Gear!

    Guest Reader Day!

    Sunday, 3-8: Daylight Saving Time Begins (Spring clocks forward one hour!)

    Week of March 9, 2020

    Monday, 3-9: After School Enrichment

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 3-10: Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students (doors open at 9:35 a.m.; school 

    starts at 10:05 a.m.)

    After School Enrichment

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Wednesday, 3-11: Fourth Grade Trip to Mount Pleasant Middle for Play

    After School Enrichment

    Thursday, 3-12: Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-13: Second Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    GT Art Trip

    Week of March 16, 2020

    Monday, 3-16: Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    After School Enrichment

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-18: After School Enrichment

    Friday, 3-20: Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    PTA’s Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m., Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover

    Week of March 23, 2020

    Monday, 3-23: Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families After 

    3:00 p.m.

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-24: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-25: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    After School Enrichment (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

    Thursday, 3-26: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, 3-27: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

    Week of March 30, 2020--PTA’s Art Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 3-30: Final After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-31: Final After School Enrichment

    All Township Music Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., LHS

    Wednesday, 4-1: Hillside-Pillar School Fifth Grade Art Project, 10:00 a.m., Hillside

    Final After School Enrichment

    ESL Family Night, 7:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

    Friday, 4-3: Second Grade Trip to SOPAC (AM)

    Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

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  • February 22, 2020

    Posted by Carlos Gramata on 2/22/2020 6:20:00 PM

    Hello, Hillside Families!

    I hope that you enjoyed the past week with your children!  We had some pretty nice weather for February--hopefully, this is a true sign of an early Spring!

    Calling all Hillside husky puppies!  The district is now conducting registrations for incoming Kindergarten students.  For registration information, please click here.  Please pass along this information to any of your friends who may have little ones turning 5 by October 1st.  Thank you and we look forward to welcoming the high school class of 2033 in September!

    The PTA has partnered with two companies who specialize in After School Enrichment opportunities for students, Brainiax and Parteaz, to provide students with after school enrichment programs for the month of March.  Programs will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and registration is required (note that space is limited). Please click here for information about the Monday and Tuesday classes, and here for the Wednesday classes.  Registration closes on Thursday or Friday of this week, so please don’t hesitate to sign your children up, if interested!  

    In staff news, third grade teacher, Mrs. Serrani, will spend her last week at Hillside this upcoming week before she goes out on maternity leave to prepare for the birth of her second child.  Mr. Eric Hazelcorn, who started the year with us as he filled in for Mrs. King, will return and fill in for Mrs. Serrani for the remainder of the school year. Congratulations, Mrs. Serrani, and welcome back, Mr. Hazelcorn!

    We look forward to an exciting week ahead that includes a SEPAC Meeting for invited families (Tuesday), a PJ School Spirit Day (Thursday), our next Caring Communities session (Thursday), School Store (Thursday), our TREPS Marketplace (Thursday--please join us!) and our next Student Council Assembly (Friday).  Look forward to all the fun!

    The following are reminder messages first included in previous newsletters:

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    REMINDER:

    The following is a message from the parent coordinators of the school’s Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC).  Please note this meeting is by invitation only and respective families should have received a message from the district office with the same message.  If not, please let us know!

    Dear Hillside Parents,

    We would like to invite you to this year’s Hillside SEPAC meeting which will be held, Tuesday February 25th from 6-7pm in the school library.  We will review district news from student services as well as celebrate your child’s accomplishments. We are also so lucky to have Hillside’s own occupational therapist Dr. Carla Flynn presenting on the topic of occupational/sensory activities to do at home and a tour of the new sensory walk which helps our students during the school day. 

    Please fill out the following Google form as your RSVP.  We hope to see you all on February 25th at 6:00 in the library! 

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexmUSiHeTfbBn5oOHiiP6F8zq94TuQwL8x6sZqvx7ZgMq2Sg/viewform

    If you have any questions please feel free to reach out to one of us! 

    Sincerely,

    Melissa Greenberg Yhiggytchr@yahoo.com & Jennifer Stein jenniferrstein@aol.com

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    REMINDER:

    Message from Director of School Counseling, Mrs. Sinead Crews:

    Please join us on February 26, 2020 at 7:00PM for a Social Emotional Learning Parent Academy hosted at Riker Hill Elementary School!

    Sinead Crews, Director of School Counseling, and the elementary school counselors will present an informative program devoted to exploring social emotional learning with K-5 parents! During the program, parents will have the option of attending two break-out sessions on specific topics relate to students' social and emotional development as well as learn about resources and strategies. Please RSVP by completing the form below to help in our planning and organizing: https://forms.gle/vBG3RHih5MbJgUYMA   

    Date: February 26, 2020

    Time: 7:00PM - 8:15PM

    Location: Riker Hill Elementary School 

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    REMINDER:

    A note from Mrs. Donnelly, Hillside’s Library-Media Specialist: With the circulation system back to normal, we ask that you please send in any overdue library books as soon as possible.  Paper notices were given to students that have overdue books. If the book has been lost, a replacement cost must be paid before the students can check out any new books.  Please contact Mrs. Donnelly at cdonnelly@livingston.org if you have any questions.  Thank you!

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    Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of the weekend! 

    Best,

    Mr. Gramata

    P.S.  Please see below for the upcoming calendar of activities and events.

    P.P.S.  As always, this message will also be posted on the school’s site under “Principal’s Messages” for future reference. 

     

    Upcoming Calendar of Activities/Events

    Week of February 24, 2020

    Monday, 2-24: BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 2-25: Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Hillside SEPAC Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Media Center (by invitation only)

    Wednesday, 2-26: Social-Emotional Learning District Parent Night, 7:00 p.m., Riker Hill

    Thursday, 2-27: Student Council School Spirit Day--PJ Day!

    School Store During Lunch Periods

    Caring Communities Session 4, 8:25 a.m.

    TREPS Marketplace (Join us!), 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Upper Gym

    Friday, 2-28: Student Council Assembly, 1:30 p.m., Upper Gym

    Week of March 2, 2020--Read Across America Week

    Monday, 3-2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-3: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-4: Fourth Grade Trip to Pillar School

    After School Enrichment

    Thursday, 3-5: TREPS Final Session, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-6: Guest Reader Day!

    Sunday, 3-8: Daylight Saving Time Begins (Spring clocks forward one hour!)

    Week of March 9, 2020

    Monday, 3-9: After School Enrichment

    BOE Workshop Meeting, 7:00 p.m., BOE Large Conference Room

    Tuesday, 3-10: Two-hour Delayed Opening for Students (doors open at 9:35 a.m.; school 

    starts at 10:05 a.m.)

    After School Enrichment

    PTA Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Media Center

    Wednesday, 3-11: Fourth Grade Trip to Mount Pleasant Middle for Play

    After School Enrichment

    Thursday, 3-12: Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Friday, 3-13: Second Marking Period Ends, Grades 1-5

    GT Art Trip

    Week of March 16, 2020

    Monday, 3-16: Third Marking Period Begins, Grades 1-5

    After School Enrichment

    BOE Voting Meeting, 7:00 p.m., LHS Auditorium

    Tuesday, 3-17: Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

    After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-18: After School Enrichment

    Friday, 3-20: Student Council School Spirit Day--Wear College Gear Day!

    Student Council Assembly, 1:45 p.m.

    PTA’s Spring Fundraiser, 6:00 p.m., Powerhouse Studios, East Hanover

    Week of March 23, 2020

    Monday, 3-23: Second Marking Period Report Cards Available to Families After 

    3:00 p.m.

    After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-24: After School Enrichment

    Wednesday, 3-25: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    After School Enrichment (12:15 - 1:15 p.m.)

    Thursday, 3-26: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    LHS Jazz Band Performance for Hillside, 9:00 a.m.

    Friday, 3-27: Partial Day for Parent-Teacher Conferences, 12:15 p.m. Dismissal

    Caring Communities, 8:25 a.m.

    Week of March 30, 2020--PTA’s Art Appreciation Week!

    Monday, 3-30: Final After School Enrichment

    Tuesday, 3-31: Final After School Enrichment

    All Township Music Festival, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., LHS

    Wednesday, 4-1: Hillside-Pillar School Fifth Grade Art Project, 10:00 a.m., Hillside

    Final After School Enrichment

    ESL Family Night, 7:00 p.m. (Location TBD)

    Friday, 4-3: Second Grade Trip to SOPAC (AM)

    Fifth Grade Girl Scout Troop Meeting, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.

    Week of April 6, 2020

    Schools Closed for Spring Break

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